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Weekly Update: September 30

Let's make worshiping God the focus of our lives.

Update from Pastor Sheldon MacGillivray

Dear Cornerstone Family,

This city worships the Kansas City Chiefs. It is understandable: they are the reigning Super Bowl Champions and they are off to another great start this year. Everywhere you go you see Chiefs flags, bumper stickers, and team jerseys that remind us that we live in Chiefs Kingdom. Just walk around your neighborhood during game time and you will notice how few people are outside. If the Chiefs happen to score, you will hear cheers from the fans glued to their TV screens. The Chiefs have given us a reason to celebrate.

When Jesus began his public ministry, he was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit, where he fasted for 40 days. The devil came to him to tempt him. He took Jesus to the top of a mountain, where he showed him the kingdoms of the world and all of their glory, saying: “All these I will give to you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus answered by quoting scripture. He said, “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.” 

Worship is the celebration of God; it is showing forth God’s worth. Worship is a spiritual discipline that the Lord has provided for our joy and his glory. God is worthy of affection and love because he is the creator and sustainer of all things. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. 

Made for Worship

We have been made to worship God. We enjoy celebrating our love of football, but how do we celebrate God? God surpasses all of the accomplishments of the Chiefs. They are not even worthy of comparison. God is greater than anything this world has to offer. 

The devil’s ploy was to entice Jesus away from what really mattered, and the devil tries to do that with you and me. He wants us to love other things more than God. He entices us with the desire for power, accomplishment, and security through fame, fortune, or other means. But we know that an idol is anything that takes the place of God.Our idols enslave us to worship them. 

The Lord began his description of the law with the command to have no other gods before him. He was letting us know that he demands our allegiance. When God is at the center of our lives, we will rightly worship him. We will acknowledge his sovereignty over us and we will acknowledge our dependence upon him. We will follow him in obedience because he is our king and we belong to his kingdom. 

When Jesus was talking with the woman at the well in John 4, he said: “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." To worship God in spirit means to worship him with our innermost being. We worship him from the inside out; our hearts are at the center of our worship. If our heart is not engaged in worship, then we really are not worshiping God at all. When we worship God in truth, we worship him according to the Scriptures, which contain God’s truth. In His word, we see how we are to worship. The more we know Him, the better we can worship him. 

  • Psalm 95 reminds us: "Come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand."

  • Psalm 34 says: "I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; the humble shall hear it and rejoice. O magnify the LORD with me and let us exalt His name together."

  • Psalm 66 says: "Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious. Say to God, how awesome are Thy works! Because of the greatness of Thy power Thine enemies will give feigned obedience to Thee. All the earth will worship Thee and will sing praises to Thee; they will sing praises to Thy name. Come and see the works of God, who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men."

When we worship God, we acknowledge God’s rightful place in our lives and hearts. We do it through praising, blessing, boasting, rejoicing, magnifying, exalting, shouting joyfully, and singing to the Lord. Worship is the celebration of God. 

Do you hunger for him? Does your heart delight in Him? Do you worship him with your whole heart? When we worship God, we become more and more like him. This is the beauty of the spiritual disciplines. They help us pursue godliness. Let’s discipline ourselves to make worship the focus of our lives.

4KC & $50 Challenge

This weekend we will kick off our 4KC series for 2020! Each year we have asked you to participate by making a $50 pledge. Your generosity has allowed us to give $5,000 each to Value Unconditional (Anti-Human Trafficking), Single Mom KC, and Newhouse Domestic Violence Shelter. 

This year we will be partnering with Christmas in Octoberan organization that makes renovations for low-income, elderly, disabled, and Veteran homeowners. Cornerstone member Steve Alley serves as the Executive Director. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to renovate 10 homes. Any amount over the goal will continue to add more homes to the project. You are also able to volunteer on some of these projects. Due to Covid, all work will be outdoors. 

To make your $50 gift, click here and select "$50 Challenge" from the "Fund" dropdown menu. You can also mail your donation to Cornerstone (write "$50 Challenge" on the memo line) at: 13300 Kenneth Road, Leawood, KS 66209.


Trunk or Treat 2020

We are excited to see some "Trunker" sign-ups for our Trunk-or-Treat Event on Oct. 30! Keep them coming!

  • Click here and sign up to be a "trunker"! We are looking for 25 or more people to decorate their trunks and hand out candy on the night of the event. (We will be social distancing and requiring all volunteers to wear masks and gloves.)

  • You can also help by donating candy and by praying for this event. A collection bin has been placed in the church foyer for candy donations.

  • Our rain date is Saturday, October 31, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Thank you for serving our community in this way!

We look forward to seeing you for worship in-person and online this Sunday!

For His Kingdom,

Sheldon MacGillivray

Lead Pastor, Cornerstone